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Lava flow slows on Spanish island after volcanic eruption

Sep. 23, 2021 05:45 AM EDT

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) — The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising doubts Thursday about whether it will fan out across the land and destroy more homes instead of flowing into the sea. A giant river...

Boeing to build military aircraft drones in Australian city

Sep. 23, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing has announced plans to build a new type of drone military aircraft in Australia. Boeing said Wednesday it has selected Toowoomba city in Queensland state as the final assembly point for its unmanned Loyal...

China's Ant Group shares credit data with central bank

Sep. 23, 2021 05:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank will soon have access to private credit information of hundreds of millions of users of Ant Group’s online credit service, in a move signaling more regulatory oversight of the financial technology sector. Huabei, Ant Group’s...

EPA completes rule to phase out gases used as refrigerants

Sep. 23, 2021 05:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In what officials call a key step to combat climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is sharply limiting domestic production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. ...

Norway ups key policy rate, cites normalized economy

Sep. 23, 2021 04:51 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway’s central bank on Thursday raised its key policy interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.25%, citing the normalization of the economy that suggest “there is no longer a need to maintain the current degree of monetary accommodation.” ...

Taiwan asks to join trade group, says China might interfere

Sep. 23, 2021 04:47 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan announced Thursday it has applied to join an 11-nation Pacific trade group, setting up a potential clash with rival Beijing over the status of the island democracy. The Chinese government, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory, gave...

Tunisia’s Saied strengthens presidential powers in decrees

Sep. 23, 2021 04:37 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Kaïs Saied issued presidential decrees bolstering the already near-total power he granted himself two months ago. Wednesday's decrees include the continuing suspension of the Parliament’s powers and the suspension of all...

In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises

Sep. 23, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — After three-and-a-half weeks on a hunger strike, Henning Jeschke is frail and gaunt, but determined to go on, still hoping to pressure the three candidates for chancellor of Germany into meeting him for a debate about the climate crisis ahead of Sunday’s general election. ...

Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise

Sep. 23, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Three hours after being freed from a giant migrant camp under an international bridge, Mackenson Veillard stood outside a gas station and took stock of his sudden good fortune as he and his pregnant wife waited for a Greyhound bus to take them to a cousin in San...

McVey appointed WVa insurance commissioner, successor named

Sep. 23, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Allan L. McVey has been appointed as West Virginia's insurance commissioner. Gov. Jim Justice announced McVey's appointment Wednesday. McVey fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Jim Dodrill. McVey served as...